Mr. and Mrs. Konishi: Handloom Weavers

Tamara K. Hareven

in The Silk Weavers of Kyoto

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780520228177
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935761 | DOI:
Mr. and Mrs. Konishi: Handloom Weavers

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This chapter reports the narratives of Mr. Konishi Hiroshi and Mrs. Konishi Nobuko. They work as cottage weavers in Nishijin. At the time of the interview, they lived in a traditional narrow wooden house, which had belonged to Mr. Konishi's parents. The weave shed was attached to one end of the house. Both of them worked in the same shed, their looms facing each other. The looms were sunk in a ditch in the packed-earth floor — both because the ceiling was too low for the looms and because the silk requires a certain level of humidity. Mr. Konishi was weaving obi on a handloom — the jacquard, where the pattern is controlled by punch cards — while Mrs. Konishi wove tsuzure brocade on a wooden handloom and translated the design with the naked eye. Mr. Konishi died in the year 2000 after serious surgery. The chapter describes how the Koreans are threatening Nishijin with competition.

Keywords: Mr. Konishi Hiroshi; Mrs. Konishi Nobuko; cottage weavers; Nishijin; weaving; obi; jacquard; tsuzure; handloom

Chapter.  17248 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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